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Competition Team 2018

Please book your daughter in to start learning her dance 25 minutes at a time.  I have some times/days on the practice page and it is a first in, first booked situation.  If none of the times/days suit, please do not worry as I can book in other days/times if necessary.  All lessons are held at either The Ballet Academy Studio or Kirwee Community Centre.  Please bring payment in a named envelope which is given to your tutor at the beginning of each lesson.  

You will be invoiced during this week for the Term Two Competition Class held on Saturdays from 3.30pm - 4.15pm held at The Ballet Academy Studio in threes and below are the days for your Saturday practice.  This class is to go over what they already have learn to fix technique, not to learn the actual dance.

If for any reason you can not make one of these dates, please let me know and I will do my best to swap you with another dancer.


All students that represent The Ballet Academy will hire their costume for the year from The Ballet Academy.  It is a yearly hire fee and it is completely up to the student/Parent how many competitions you attend - the hire cost remains fixed and is payable before the first competition.  All costumes are expensive but Tutus are incredibly expensive to get made; for example a competition standard tutu would cost between $500 - $700 to be made.

Classical Solo - Tutu, Tiara, Arm Puffs (may be included) = $80/year hire

Demi-Character Solo - this depends on story however all props must be purchased by parents = $70/year hire

Character Solo - Blouse, Dress, Modesty Skirt, Headdress (excluding Shoes - students must purchase these themselves - I will show you where) = $60/year hire 

Jazz Solo Costume - Dress, Petticoat, Headgear = $60/year hire

Hip Hop Trio Costume - $35/year hire each

Classical Team Costume - $30/year hire each

Costumes will be kept at The Ballet Academy and given out at the last rehearsal before a competition.  It is up to each Parent to ensure they are kept safe from Sun, Siblings, Animals & Food.  They are not to be worn for play around the house please.  All Jazz, Hip Hop & Character Costumes will need to be pressed the night before each Competition.

All students will be required to wear our Competition Uniform to all competitions.  

Pink Dance Jacket (Juniors), Black Dance Jacket (Seniors)

Pink Gumby (overalls) - Juniors, Black Gumby (overalls) - Seniors

Below are some of the competitions that have released their 2018 dates.  

I will always email through to you the competition syllabus, this details the different classes they can enter.  I will work with you to fill out the entry form so it is an easy process.

Other things to know:

  • You will need to bring a flash stick to your daughter’s very first lesson so I can place her music on it.
  • You will need to provide two blank CDs, each with their own case so we can place their competition music on it, ready for each competition.  Please do not use these to practise at home with - they are for use at the competitions only.  Just so they do not get scratched.
  • Each different competition you will be given a label to place on each case which has the information the Dance Society needs to ensure the correct music is play for each competitor.
  • The last two minutes of each Private lesson, whoever is picking the students will be invited in to record on their phone/iPad what they have learned so far, so they may practice at home.

This is an exciting experience, one your daughter will never forget.  It does seem daunting at the start but believe me once you have danced in one competition it becomes much easier.

Welcome to the Team, I can’t wait to start teaching your daughter her comp dance!

NB: Dancers do not dance on every single day of the competition.  Once the entries close then a syllabus is printed which has the date/s your daughter will be dancing on.

JT Dancers
18th April - 21st April 
Riccarton High School 
24th April - 28th April 
Villa Maria High School
NZ Dance Awards 
31st May - 4th June 
CHCH Competitions Society 
15th July - 22nd July 
Follow Your Dreams Comp 
12th August - 13th August 
Rangiora Town Hall 
Timaru Dance Festival 
31st August - 2nd September 
7th September - 9th September 
Rangiora Town Hall 

Cushion Theatre Day

To give the girls more performance experience, I plan to introduce a Cushion Theatre Day on the ninth week (Sunday) of each Term.  It would be a gold coin entry to cover costs and would be held at the West Melton Community Centre.  The girls would get dressed as for competitions (including Hair & Makeup) and perform their dances.  This will give them valuable performance time in front of people and help with nerves.  The more performing they do in front of people the better they will feel about their dances.  I am just waiting to here back from the Hall about the Dates/Times and once I know I shall let everyone know.

Term One Competition Rehearsal Class Dates

There are three classes booked in for each new dance and two classes booked in for Established Dances.

Price for Three Classes per term are: $45

Price for Two Class per term are: $30

Saturday 7th July
Tamison Soppet (Classical)
Charli Maley (National Character) 
Jorja Dann (Character) 
Saturday 28th July
Saturday 4th August
Saturday 11th August
Tamison Soppet (Barefoot) 
Tamison Soppet (Classical)  
Jorja Dann (Jazz)  
Mila Francis (Demi-Character)  
Charli Maley (National Character)  
Tamison Soppet (Lyrical) 
Sophie Howe (Classical)  
Lulu Maley (Classical)
Mila Francis (Classical)  
Saturday 18th August
Saturday 25th August
Tamison Soppet (Demi-Character)
Charli Maley (Classical) 
Jorja Dann (Character) 
Lulu Maley (Classical)
Mya Moore (Contemporary)
Mia Helps (Classical)
Saturday 1st September
 Saturday 8th September
Saturday 22nd September
Jorja Dann (Jazz)
Mila Francis  (Both)
Sophie Howe  (Classical)
Tamison Soppet (Lyrical) 
Tamison Soppet (Trio)
Mia Helps (Classical)
Lulu Maley (Classical) 
Charli Maley (Both)
Mya Moore  (Contemporary)